Times Square Attempted Bomber Sentenced to Life in Prison, Said He Would Do It Again
The Times Square attempted bomber Faisal Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison this morning. Shahzad failed to show remorse for his actions and admitted that he would try it again if he hadn't been caught, although he didn't care much about his life sentence.
Shahzad interrupted the judge's sentencing several times. He pointed to the ceiling and said Allah Akhbar, or God is great, and he said he didn't care about the sentence.
"My sentence reflects life in this world, not life in the hereafter," he said. "I'm happy with the deal that God has given me."
According to his sentencing memo, Shahzad used accessible Internet webcams to select a location to "maximize the deadly effect of his bomb."
Federal prosecutors also contended in the sentencing memo that Shahzad believed the bomb would kill about 40 people and that he "was prepared to conduct additional attacks until he was captured or killed."
According to the document, at the time of his arrest, Shahzad waived his Miranda rights and stated that "if he had not been arrested he planned to detonate a second bomb in New York City two weeks later."
...Toward the end of the video, the memo quotes Shahzad as saying, "I have been trying to join my brothers in jihad every day since 9/11 happened. I am planning to wage an attack inside America."
Faisal Shahzad became a naturalized citizen and in doing so, swore to defend Americans. When the judge questioned him about this, he replied, "I swore but I didn't mean it."